British Columbian health officials announced that there have been 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the province over the last 24 hours.
The provincial total now sits at 3,053 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the health crisis.
In a joint statement released from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix on Friday, the duo said that there were two new cases is in the Island Health region, meaning the total of cases rises to 135.
Of all the cases in the Island Health region, five are currently active, 125 have recovered and there have been a total of five deaths.
The additional numbers revealed Friday causes the total active cases to rise by 12 to 187 across British Columbia.
“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 16 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation,” reads the joint statement from our health officials.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 990 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,610 in the Fraser Health region, 135 in the Island Health region, 202 in the Interior Health region, 65 in the Northern Health region and 51 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
According to Dr. Henry and Minister Dix, there was one new COVID-19 death, bringing the death toll even with the current number of active cases at 187.
There have been no new outbreaks at healthcare facilities in British Columbia. Currently, there are two ongoing outbreaks at long-term care facilities and one active outbreak at an acute-care facility.
Health officials are continuing to caution British Columbians that, although there have been no active community outbreaks, community exposure events continue to occur.
“As we continue through summer, simple steps will help us to keep COVID-19 low and slow in British Columbia,” the statement reads.
Dr. Henry and Dix are reminding residents to “avoid closed spaces, crowds, and close contact with others,” as British Columbia continues to navigate Phase III of the COVID-19 Restart Plan.
Safe practices, including handwashing and physical distancing, continue to be emphasized by our health leaders.
“The actions you take every day make a difference and will help to protect all of us.”
Researchers with Johns Hopkins Univerity and Medicine say the number of known COVID-19 cases is now more than 12.3 million with more than 553,000 deaths.